European Parliament website hit by hacking attack

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament’s web site came under cyberattack by a pro-Moscow group after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, the legislature’s speaker said on Wednesday.
President Roberta Metsola said in a Twitter statement that parliament was “under a sophisticated cyberattack” and that “a pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility.”
Legislature Party Spokesperson jam dutch said that the website is “currently affected from outside due to high levels of external network traffic.” They said that “this traffic is related to DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) Competition.”
In Distributed Denial of Service attacks, instigators make Web sites unreachable by bombarding them with junk data packets.
DDoS attacks do not harm networks because they do not penetrate them. But they can be a major nuisance, especially when targeting sites on which the public depends for important information and services.
Metsola said the EU’s “IT experts are pushing against it and protecting our systems.”
She noted that this came after Russia was “outlawed as a state-sponsor of terrorism”.
In an unbalanced vote of 494-58 with 48 abstentions, the EU legislature sought to step up pressure on Moscow to bring anyone responsible for war crimes before the International Court of Justice, which began on February 24.
The 27-nation European Union has strongly condemned the invasion and has repeatedly said that several Russian actions over the past nine months amount to war crimes.
Occasionally, state-backed hackers have used DDoS attacks as a smokescreen for more serious attacks, as occurred in Ukraine prior to Russia’s February 24 invasion. But mostly they are used as “noise” political tools by hacktivists whose affiliations can be unclear.

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